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For competitive examinations, the first thing to bear is its nature and scope with a view to a balanced, timely preparation to good secure marks/place. Besides subject knowledge, aspirants must-have skill sets to cope with the complexity and exhaustiveness of the exams. The ten most critical and essential soft skills required for success in competitive examinations are:
In this article, we disseminate some of the most requisite skills (besides subject knowledge) that need to be acquired by aspirants.
Linguistic skill: Stated simply, it is about your comprehension and writing skills. A competitive score majorly depends on how effective one´s writing style is. The main components for effective writing are clarity of thought, seamless expression, clear views, and multi-dimensional content design. Aspirants hone these skills through long-term, extensive reading, and writing practice. Half the success in the written exams will depend on your writing ability, which demands severe consideration in your preparations.
Cognitive skills: mean the talent to make sense of what you read and understand. Everybody reads books, newspapers, and magazines, but not all make good sense of what is written there. In other words, you must grasp the issue or topic you are reading. Cognitive skills can be both inherited and acquired. Cultivating the habit of purposeful reading of matters described in the sources sharpens your cognitive skills. Therefore, what you read is not enough; what you understand by reading is also necessary.
Normative skills: mean putting value in your answers. Not all, but many questions will demand applying certain norms, deals, and ethics. Unless you have developed your normative skills, you may not be able to take a suitable stand on the issue. For example, if a question is asked about patriarchy, gender gap, environmental degradation, democratic deficit, etc., an impactful answer must apply certain norms, ethics, and values. Those norms should apply to the issue you are discussing, not unrelated to the criteria. Again, this requires immense practice to master your answer with desirable norms and values.
Time-management skill: with the multitude of questions in the competitive exams, these days, without time management, it is impossible to finish the entire question paper. Quite a few candidates come out of the exam hall complaining that they could attempt the whole question paper. For this, the aspirants are required to work on their time management skills. The most important aspects of time management are:
In the current highly competitive world, subject knowledge is as essential as other soft skills like aptitude, reasoning, comprehension, linguistics, and cognitive skills, which are prominently essential. Apparently, multiple sections in competitive exams require a complete set of these skills and time management aptitude. Verbal Reasoning (Mental Ability, Logical Deduction), Non-Verbal Reasoning, and Quantitative Aptitude (Data interpretation, Arithmetic Ability) prove an asset for scoring a competitive edge.